Dispute resolution in Lithuania
Cobalt is highlighted for its expertise in disputes in the infrastructure and transportation sectors in particular. Led by Rimantas Simaitis, the firm has been representing Riga International Airport in a cross-border claim made by a bankrupt Lithuanian air carrier for €58 million in damages. Public procurement specialist Deividas Soloveičik recently acted for a state enterprise in a contractual dispute with a telecoms provider which reached the Supreme Court. Paulius Markovas is the key contact for contentious bankruptcy and restructuring matters, and Mindaugas Bliuvas and associate Marius Inta are also names to note. The practice group has been strengthened by the arrival of a number of new associates who have joined from competing firms.
Ellex's lawyers are 'experts in the field' and regularly act in cross-border disputes and arbitration. Co-led by Ramunas Petravicius and Giedrė Aukštuolien, the team represented East Capital Baltic Fund in claims for €10.5m in damages against one of the largest dairy producers in the Baltics. Vilija Vaitkute Pavan, who also serves as an arbitrator, advised the Ministry of Justice on a matter initiated by Vladimir Antonov of now-insolvent bank Snoras regarding the alleged expropriation of shares. The case was dismissed by the Moscow District Commercial Court. Other highlights included corporate litigation expert Egidijus Baranauskas acting for a major tax institution in bankruptcy proceedings, assisted by senior associate Jovita Gabniene. The practice group saw the addition of new associate Aiste Mikociuniene, who joined from the Ministry of Justice.
Motieka & Audzevicius
Ramūnas Audzevičius leads the team at 'dispute resolution powerhouse' Motieka & Audzevicius, which excels in multi-jurisdictional disputes. Audzevičius is noted for his 'great strategic direction' and co-head Jovitas Elzbergas for his 'valuable insight'. In recent work, the firm successfully represented flyLAL-Lithuanian Airlines before the Court of Justice of the European Union in a claim against Air Baltic Corporation which settled for €57.4m. Other noted practitioners include senior associates Tomas Petkevičius, Valentas Mitrauskas and Mantas Juozaitis, who specialises in tax disputes. Tomas Samulevičcius departed the firm to join the European Commission.
Sorainen is 'a breath of fresh air in a crowded market', offering clients a 'precise and professional' service. Led by 'exceptional' litigator Kęstutis Švirinas, the team has vast expertise in contentious bankruptcy and customs cases. In recent work, it represented the now-defunct Snoras bank in a civil claim against its former shareholders, which spanned multiple jurisdictions. The firm has also acted for major international tax institutions. Laurynas Lukošiūnas, who heads the public procurement group, represented Alfa Bank in a cross-border dispute over loans valued at €14m. Žygimantas Pacevičius is the key contact for restructuring and insolvency issues. The practice group has been strengthened by the addition of new senior associates Donatas Jasaitis, who joined from Primus Derling, and Kazimieras Karpickis, who joined from LEADELL Balčiūnas & Grajauskas.
TGS Baltic handles a blend of international arbitration and litigation related to banking and investment disputes. Vilius Bernatonis is representing Vilnius City Municipality in an investor-state arbitration brought by Veolia Environnement; the case has been brought in parallel with a claim against the Republic of Lithuania by Veolia Environnement in which the firm is also representing the defendant. Key figures in the practice are Lina Darulienė, who leads the litigation and competition group; head of arbitration Valentinas Mikelėnas; and head of restructuring and insolvency Daiva Ušinskaitė-Filonovienė. Senior associate Olegas Šibkovas joined the firm from Kaunas Regional Court.
GLIMSTEDT Bernotas & Partners
Solveiga Palevičienė leads the team at GLIMSTEDT Bernotas & Partners, which handles a range of commercial and contractual disputes. In recent work, the team acted for Sanitex in a claim related to private investments in Serbia. Jonas Masiokas is the key name for contentious IP and insurance matters. Senior associate Audrius Žvybas is also noted.
LEADELL Balčiūnas & Grajauskas
represents clients across a wide range of industry sectors. Led by Gintaras Balčiūnas and Marius Grajauskas, it is currently acting for Achema, the largest natural gas consumer in Lithuania, in multiple disputes with the state of Lithuania concerning a recently built liquefied natural gas terminal and the resulting levy that has been imposed on all natural gas consumers in the country. Senior associate Gintaras Stankevičius is recommended.
Magnusson's recent highlights include practice head Evaldas Rapolas acting for the city of Kaunas’ public health centre in a public-private partnership dispute; the case is currently pending at the Supreme Court of Lithuania. Marius Endzinas is representing Šiauliai City Municipality in a dispute over a concession agreement. Marius Liatukas is recommended for his expertise in white-collar crime cases.
Marius Devyžis and Robert Juodka co-lead the practice group at Primus Derling, which acted for Ergo Insurance in a property insurance policy dispute with Maxima Latvija, a food retail chain in the Baltics; the case, which concerned the role of the store in the deaths of 54 people after the ceiling of the store collapsed in 2013, has now been settled for €5.34m. The firm is also active in insurance and shareholder disputes; senior associate Martynas Kalvelis has particular expertise in this area. FK Trakai football club is a client.
The 'proactive, responsive and commercially minded' Regina Derkintytė-Kaupienė heads the team at Averus, which specialises in shipping and transport-related disputes. The firm is representing the Lithuanian Shipping Company in a claim for damages following the nullification of several mortgage agreements. Practice co-head Raimondas Kivylius leads the criminal and administrative disputes sub-group and is recommended for his expertise in contentious tax matters. Vilius Vismantas has departed the firm for an in-house position.
bnt attorneys in CEE
bnt attorneys in CEE's cross-border practice group is led by 'experienced' senior associate Rasa Grambaitė-Pusčienė. The team, which provides ‘pragmatic and thoughtful’ advice, is representing a major international pharmaceutical company in a dispute against a local pharmaceutical company concerning outstanding compensation payments. Frank Heemann and Mindaugas Navickas are the key contacts.
Dominas LEVIN's arbitration practice has a strong reputation and is led by the 'distinguished and sought-after' Gediminas Dominas. Recent work includes defending the CEO of a large listed company against a claim by a minority shareholder relating to alleged prohibited financial assistance. The firm’s other clients include Wrigley and Grand Cru Airlines. Vaidotas Puklevicius is also recommended.
At Eversheds Saladžius (a member of Eversheds Sutherland), Rimtis Puišys leads the 'impressive' team, which has expertise in handling a wide range of disputes across the aviation and telecoms sectors. Fortum Heat Lietuva is a client of the firm, along with other household names.
Baranauskas & Partners Hansa Law Offices
ECOVIS ProventusLaw's Kęstutis Kvainauskas has represented an individual who was sued by the Environmental Authority under the Ministry of Environment in a series of cases which are pending at the Supreme Court of Lithuania. Inga Karulaitytė-Kvainauskienė is also a key figure in the practice and is representing a client in the renewable energy sector in a dispute over the validity of the termination of an agreement. Other clients include the Lithuanian Chamber of Auditors.
Law firm J. Judickiene and Partners Jurex
Law firm J. Judickiene and Partners Jurex's 20 lawyer-strong disputes team has particular expertise in shareholder and corporate disputes, with managing partner Jurgita Judickienė currently representing a client in a claim against a Lithuanian railroad carrier over a public procurement valued at €55m. Ignas Dargužas, who counts French wine distributor Marie Brizard Wine and Spirits among his clients, is recommended. The team has been strengthened by welcoming three new associates.
TVINS has expertise in the agriculture, insurance and insolvency sectors; a team led by Tomas Talutis and Vytautas Šenavičius recently acted for Baltic Insurance Company in a dispute relating to double insurance. Vytautas Šenavičius is recommended for his commercial litigation expertise and is representing EDS Invest in a number of debt restructuring disputes. The team has seen two new additions: junior associate Gediminas Odminis joined from TGS Baltic and senior associate Lukas Vitauskas joined from LEADELL Balčiūnas & Grajauskas.
Šulija Partners Law Firm Vilnius
Vytautas Šulija leads the team at Šulija Partners Law Firm Vilnius and has been representing a German insurance company in a cross-border claim for €1m against the Lithuanian Shipping Company (now undergoing bankruptcy proceedings) and Lithuanian Railways, which is currently pending at the Court of Appeal of Lithuania. Senior associate Eduard Plesak is recommended.
The team at Triniti is led by Vilija Viešūnaitė, who has expertise in patent and trade mark disputes; she represented Nokia in a dispute regarding the illegal use of trade marks and designs on mobile phones cases. Deivis Valiulis is the key contact for real estate-related disputes. Associate partner Justina Stucka is also noteworthy.